Stray Dogs


Universal acclaim - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Aug 24, 2014
    Tsai isn't making a social-problem film here, and his critique of patriarchal control is secondary to his portrait of unbearable psychic conditions.
  2. Reviewed by: Patrick Gamble
    Aug 24, 2014
    Tsai's Stray Dogs is a masterpiece of social-realism, a distinctive and beguiling study of society's displaced and marginalised that plays to the beat of its own drum and refuses to conform to cinema's own commodification.
  3. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    Sep 16, 2013
    Every shot of Stray Dogs has been built with utter formal mastery; every sequence exerts an almost telepathic grip.
  4. Reviewed by: Jake Cole
    Aug 24, 2014
    Stray Dogs pushes Tsai’s cinema of laissez-faire long takes, performative observation and pangs of regret and loss to their extreme.
  5. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Sep 10, 2014
    The plight of this struggling family unit weighs more heavily on the heart with each passing minute, making Stray Dogs the rare marathon-length art film that seems to grow less oppressive the longer it goes on.
  6. Reviewed by: Oliver Lyttelton
    Sep 16, 2013
    The filmmaking here is almost impossibly well-realized, right down to the evocative sound design, adding up to an fairly unforgettable experience.
  7. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Sep 15, 2014
    This amazing, maddening film presents a series of extended, mostly static, terrifying tableaux of despair, poverty, and decay.
  8. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Sep 9, 2014
    Stray Dogs evokes the whole of Tsai’s filmography, but also pays off his collaboration with Lee, who shows a side of himself that’s been hidden away for all these years.
  9. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    Sep 12, 2014
    It asks a lot of us. In fact it asks us to set aside everything we've been conditioned to think movies are, and roll with a different way of seeing and hearing things, and connect.
  10. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Sep 9, 2014
    The lengthy final two shots (each running more than ten minutes) rank among the best work this inimitable artist has ever done.
  11. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Sep 16, 2013
    The director’s austere minimalism has always been suspended between the mesmerizing and the distancing, and in his latest feature, the concentration on elliptical observation, mood and texture signals an almost complete rejection of narrative.
  12. Reviewed by: Danny King
    Sep 9, 2014
    An extreme, compassionate magnification of the minutiae of second-to-second existence (brushing teeth, counting money).

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